Around ten years ago, I read in a Swiss newspaper article in NZZ am Sontag about a mayor who was not accepted as a citizen of his own village. I have found the article on the internet:
This article uses the word Einbürgerung in a context I don't understand. Normally, Einbürgerung means something like to obtain the citizenship of the country: I think in English it's naturalisation. In the aforementioned article, however, the canton government was calling upon all citizens born in other cantons to apply for Einbürgerung in their municipality. So this is not about foreigners applying for naturalisation as Swiss citizens, but Swiss people from one municipality applying for naturalisation in another municipality.
German is not my native language, so I am not sure if the summary below is correct. I think that the article is about a village, Nenzlingen, where permission for Einbürgerung (naturalisation) is decided by the Bürgerratsversammlung — in my understanding, a kind of council of elders, of all citizens calling the village their home. If I understand correctly, this council denied the Einbürgerung (naturalisation) of their own mayor, because he had not been loyal with the distribution of hunting rights.
Either I'm not understanding this correctly, or it is bizarre. The mayor of the village who does not get permission to become a citizen of the village. What does this mean? How does the Swiss system for Einbürgerung really work?